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My Journey to $5000/month with Freelance Writing.

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  1. shakilbet

    shakilbet Newbie

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    Hey!

    Hope you are having a wonderful day. If you are reading this, that mean you are about to start following one of the freelance journeys on BHW which is supposed to last throughout my career. I will try to update it regularly, track time I am investing into this journey and create an income in the amount of $5,000 a month.

    Background: I am back to freelancing after 13 months and I also plan to travel a lot. The income I plan to create will be from scratch; I do not have any money to invest or any resources I can use at this moment. I sunk all the money into my last venture, and I haven't been active online for a long time so I am not sure what will work or not.

    What I have at this moment: A positive working attitude and a good writing skills set. I can Research, Blog and Article Writing. in copy writing, article writing, blog writing, SEO writing, Web content writing, Technical writing and Ebook writing...basically, any online content. I also have a lot of time to invest and I consider myself to be a fast learner with a strong will and dedication for success.

    What I do not have: Clients, Resources, Tools... I am a lot behind my competitors in this business, but I believe I can make it. Either way, I am not going to give up until I make $5,000 a month and build a solid client list.

    HERE IS THE FIRST PART PLAN

    1. Go to Upwork, Freelancer & Fiverr . Register a new freelance writing profile and complete it 100%. My favorite is Upwork (formerly Elance), which is where I do 100% of my freelance work.
    2. Create some writing sample for portfolio. This January I made my first Upwork Profile and Wrote some sample and added my Upwork profile.
    3. Create Hubpages, Ezine article Profile and Added some Unique and SEO optimized article.
    4. Create Original Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram Profile. If you have original social media profile, Just use it.
    5. Make a Proposal Letter which you will use as a cover letter.
    6. Apply writing job via UPWORK/FREELANCE.

    I'll update this daily or every other day just depending on what all I get done. This thread will hopefully keep me motivated. Also, maybe others can learn from this noob, or if Im about to do something incredibly stupid someone can stop me before it happens.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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  2. thenonpareil

    thenonpareil Regular Member

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    Will keep an eye on your updates, buddy. Wishing you the best!
     
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  3. shakilbet

    shakilbet Newbie

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    Thanks buddy.
     
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  4. James Welker

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    One thing you could avoid while applying for jobs in UpWork and similar platforms is to use the same standard cover letter. From what I have seen most of the candidates either use a boring standard cover letter or a one word application which irks most people. This is where you can be different, by sending custom proposals. Yes, it's hard work, but in the end it will be worth it.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Good luck buddy, Keep going.
     
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    All the Best Dude.:) I will wait for the further updates on your Journey
     
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  7. shakilbet

    shakilbet Newbie

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    That was First part plan, Second part upcoming tonight.

    Thanks
     
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    Good Luck with your journey:)
     
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    Great Plan to start out your journey to 5K / mon, till then post sone free articles give aways to this BHW members so that they can judge your work and useful in marketing your social n/w.
     
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    Very solid plan mate, good luck to your journey! Don't forget to expand more platforms like iwriter etc, more resources, more chances to succeed.
     
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    I am a lot behind my competitors in this business, but I believe I can make it. Either way, I am not going to give up until I make $5,000 a month and build a solid client list.

    This is the right attitude ! I think that having a dream and chasing after it every day and TAKING ACTION A LOT may bring you to your destination one day ! I will follow your thread and hope you will build up your writing empire business .

    I wish you all the best!
     
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    Good luck. I wish you all the best
     
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    Best of luck Fella, Ill be watching this to see how you get on!
     
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    We are currently in the same boat. I am trying to build a long-lasting income with my freelance writing skill set, and I can offer you couple of tips that can be highly useful to you.

    Applying for jobs on UpWork and Freelancer will represent a big waste of time if you are in the run to reach an income of $5,000 a month. People on these platforms are not paying writers too much, especially those without reviews. The competition is tough, and most competitors are willing to lower down the prices to the bare minimum to land a gig. Highest you can go, or any other newbie writer, on these platforms is around $600-$700 a month, and that won't happen in the first month too.

    It's not about competition. You will always have Upwork take a certain percentage out of your hard earned money. Keep one thing in mind. Each and every one of your potential clients, even after hiring you, will keep searching for other writers. They are always in search for a better quality/price ratio and will leave you as soon as they find something better.

    You can't rely on these platforms. And before you get serious about working on Freelancer.com, I advice you to take 10 minutes out of your day to do a basic research about this platform. Take a quick look at the reviews and see if it is still worth your time to work there.

    This is what I have learned through my own experiences. Take use of my advice and don't waste your time there.

    Good luck mate!
     
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    Some suggestions:

    - Create a website portfolio. Write up different types of content and lay it out on your website. This is your resume. Eventually you may realize that you would be better off specializing in a particular type of writing. Maybe not.

    - Other than freelance platforms, search for writing gigs on Craigslist, and other writing job boards. Send a convincing cover letter when applying. This is where you can land larger jobs and recurring clientele.

    - When applying for a writing gig, act like you know the subject to be written about like the back of your hand. Even if you know nothing about it, but will do research. Act like you're an expert in that particular niche/have lots of experience in that field. Fib a bit if you have to. Just make sure when you do land the job, you research it heavily and produce high quality content like you've promised.
     
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    Good Luck
     
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    Just one tip that helped me a lot when starting out with Upwork:

    Video applications.

    They really do work. Read what the poster is looking for carefully and respond to that with a video. Doesn't take much longer than writing an application when you get used to making those types of videos.
     
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    Thanks for suggestion. I will do it next month.
     
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    I also suggest the OP not rely on Upwork/Freelancer (but give them a shot if you wish). In freelancing, one should promote across many outlets, to get a dependable flow of work. Some additional action items:

    1- Get contributor accounts on Forbes, Huffington Post and similar premium venues. Your articles on these sites will not directly help for SEO (they provide only no-follow links, if any, and the articles are not on the main site), but it does provide you superficial credibility to say you are published on a prestige site, which puts you above those who only have an Ezine profile. You could possibly pitch to get an article published on the main site of a premium venue, using the contributor account examples as leverage.

    2- Once you are published (preferably for real, not just a contributor account) on a prestige site, you can use the relationships you've established to sell editorial links from such venues to others, using your online content as proof or as a review copy. This is higher risk (as the sites still have to approve any new content or link), but the market price for succeeding is several hundred dollars to over $1000, depending on the venue. If you scale it up and are working on this on 5-6 different editorial venues each month, it's the quickest way to $5000/mo.
     
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    go for it dude :)
     
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